Film vs Digital Shootout: Can You See the Difference?

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Difference Between Film and Digital – Can You See the Difference? So the debate between Film vs Digital is a long and kind crazy one. I personally have shot every film format imaginable, except for IMAX, and I loved the image. The magic of celluloid is something that you can’t explain without experiencing it. I’ve…

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Pete Docter: How to Craft a Remarkable Story the Pixar Way

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Pixar Way: How to Craft a Remarkable Story with Pete Docter I’ve been a fan of Pixar Studios films ever since I first saw “Toy Story.” The ability that Pixar has to tell an amazing story in uncanny. After that film I started studying every Pixar movie that came out. It seemed that they had…

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IFH 129: 5 Rules to Make Money Selling Indie Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Making Movies for Fun and Profit! I feel that one of the reasons I was put on this earth was to help filmmakers and artist make money selling their films and art. There’s no reason why filmmakers shouldn’t be able to make a steady income from their films. You can here my inspiration rant on…

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6 Tips To Cope With An Exhausting Film Schedule

By Matt Webb | Jan 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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6 Tips To Cope With An Exhausting Film Schedule Working in the film industry is demanding and unrelenting, commanding a high level of work ethic over extremely long hours. The lengthy hours and grueling film schedule can test people’s patience, strain relationships and push people to breaking-point when they are stressed and pressure is applied…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How a 17 yr old Directed & Sold Her 1st Feature on 16mm Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

How a 17 yr old Shot & Sold her 1st Feature on Super 16mm Film Every once in a while, I get sent a story that blows my mind. The story is a 17-year-old 1st-time director shoots and sells her first feature film (that was shot on 16mm Film) right out of the gate. How that…

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IFH 128: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes & Film Distribution with Nick Soares

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Film Distribution: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & iTunes We have all heard the horror stories of indie filmmakers getting a “film distribution deal” with a traditional distributor and never receiving a dime. In today’s digital world there are many options for indie filmmakers to monetize their content. In the film distribution game there’s iTunes,…

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20 Film Terms You Need to Know to Survive On-Set

By Matt Webb | Jan 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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20 On Set Film Terms You Need to Know A film set is a wacky place full of nicknames, strange film terms, and abbreviations. There’s been so many days when someone has asked me to do something and I’ve enthusiastically responded “Copy that”, before realizing I don’t fully know what they even asked. Before long…

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Emmanuel Lubezki: Why He’s One of the Best Cinematographers of All Time

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Why Emmanuel Lubezki ASC is One of the Best Cinematographers of All Time Emmanuel Lubezki ASC was awarded his third Oscar in a row on February 28, 2016 for Best Cinematography for his work on the film The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that Emmanuel Lubezki (he…

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Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor

By Robert Heske | Jan 9, 2017 | 4 Comments
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Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor There’s humor in filmmaking. To wit … What’s the difference between a DP and God? God doesn’t think he’s a DP. Why is thunder after lightning? Even God has to wait for sound. How many grips does it take to change a light bulb? “Not my department” How do…

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IFH 127: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff I’ve been trying to get today’s guest on the show for months. Mark Stolaroff is a No Budget Filmmaking maestro. Here’s a bit about our guest. Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low-budget, high-quality digital…

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James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Short Film That Gave Him His Start

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 James Cameron’s Xenogenesis: The Short Film That Gave Him His Start Before James Cameron was breaking every box office record he was a struggling indie filmmaker. We all started somewhere and before The Terminator, Aliens or hell even Pirana II: The Spawning, James Cameron had been inspired by George Lucas‘, Star Wars. Enough so that, in 1978,…

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Robert McKee: Master Class on the Craft of STORY

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 5, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Robert McKee: Master Class on the Craft of Story If you haven’t heard of Robert McKee then you’re in for treat. Robert McKee is what is considered a “guru of gurus” in the screenwriting and storytelling world. He has lectured on storytelling for three decades, and his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (FREE AUDIO…

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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create Unforgettable Characters

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Screenwriting Blueprint: Creating Unforgettable Characters Legendary script consultant Michael Hauge (writer of Writing Screenplays That Sell)  discusses how to create unforgettable characters. For Hauge, character development is the pull between the strong desire to remain in the identity and the need, brought about by the events of the story, to live in essence. Michael’s advice on figuring out…

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IFH 126: Should You Own Your Own Film Gear? – Ask Alex

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Should You Own Your Own Film Gear? Happy New Year IFH Tribe! We are now in 2017 and this will be ana amazing, creative and monumental year for us all. I wanted to start off the year with an “Ask Alex” episode. On this episode I answer the follow tribe member questions: Though I plan…

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How to Shoot the Perfect Green Screen Video

By Cindy Clifford | Jan 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Shoot the Perfect Green Screen Video Green screens are used to create background scenes and realistic environments without having to film on location. If you have ever tried to shoot a green screen you know it can be tough. If you don’t do it right it can be impossible in post production but if…

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IFH 125: Inspiration in 2017 & What I’ve Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Inspiration in 2017 & What I’ve Learned Can you believe we’ve arrived at out last episode of 2016? The Indie Film Hustle Podcast has had some amazing interviews this year, so before the new year arrives, I wanted to review some of the highlights of 2016. I wanted to thank the IFH Tribe for all…

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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials For many directors, storyboards are imperative to the filmmaking process. I created over 200 storyboards for my first short film BROKEN. For that project I found it to be extremely helpful. Check out how my storyboards ended up in the film. If you are new to directing and need a…

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What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?

By Jonathan Roberts | Dec 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important? Auteur Theory is a way of looking at films that state that the director is the “author” of a film. The Auteur theory argues that a film is a reflection of the director’s artistic vision; so, a movie directed by a given filmmaker will have recognizable, recurring…

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Shutter Speed, Aperture (F Stop) & ISO Explained!

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Aperture (F Stop), Shutter Speed & ISO Explained! For beginning filmmakers and camera peeps there’s a bunch of confusion about three areas of the camera: Shutter Speed Aperture (F Stop) ISO What is Shutter Speed? Shutter Speed is one of the three pillars of cinematography, the other two being ISO and Aperture (F Stop). Shutter speed can…

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Star Wars Holiday Special: Watch it in All its Glory!

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Star Wars Holiday Special: Watch it in All its Glory! So as an early Christmas gift to all of the Indie Film Hustlers and Star Wars fans out there I decide to give a home to the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special on Indie Film Hustle. I have to admit I have never been able…

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Holy Grail of Wide Angle Lenses – Venus Optics Laowa 12mm (Zero Distortion?)

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Holy Grail of Wide Angle Lenses – Venus Optics Laowa 12mm (Zero Distortion?)
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Holy Grail of Wide Angle Lenses – Venus Optics Laowa 12mm (Zero Distortion?) Is this really possible? What kind of witchcraft is this? The good folks over a Laowa at Venus Optics have reportedly created the holy grail of wide angle lenses. Based on the videos below I’m very impressed. It has a very Stanley…

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IFH 124: What is Your Film Really Worth?

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 124: What is Your Film Really Worth?
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What is Your Film Really Worth? So you are thinking of making an indie film or you’ve just finished making one…now what? When filmmakers go on the long journey of making a feature film they rarely ask the question that could make or break the success of the movie, “What is my film worth in…

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FREE Screenwriting Master Classes: Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Screenwriting Master Classes: Top Ten List What you are about to listen to is probably the equivalent of taking at least five years of screenwriting courses or classes at a top tier film school. BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has an amazing collection of FREE screenwriting lectures from some of the…

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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | Comments Off on YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films
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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films “Royalty Free” doesn’t mean it’s free music for you to download and do with it as you please. It just means you don’t pay any royalty fees. Let me explain, once you purchase the track of music, you can use it in a Vimeo or…

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Marketing Star Wars: 5 Secrets Indie Filmmakers Can Learn

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 19, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Marketing Star Wars: 5 Secrets Indie Filmmakers Can Learn Star Wars grapes? Seriously? I always thought that George Lucas and LucasFilm did an amazing job marketing the Star Wars franchise. Do any of you remember the Pepsi can collection from the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? But the publicity campaign I’ve seen for the latest…

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Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price?

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 19, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price? I wanted to start breaking down some of the tools of the filmmaking trade. The more information you have on your “paint brushes” the more beautiful the artwork you can paint. Moving forward Indie Film Hustle will be doing reviews on all sorts of…

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Star Wars VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 17, 2016 | 16 Comments
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Star Wars Films VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown Oh the Star Wars Films VFX! After having a religious moment when watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had to put this post together for all the indie film hustlers into visual effects. I was so impressed by the practical and visual effects of Star Wars: The…

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Demystifying Digital Camera Sensor Size

By Cindy Clifford | Dec 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

Demystifying Digital Camera Sensor Size The soul of any digital camera is its digital sensor—to determine the resolution, camera sensor size, depth of field, low-light performance, dynamic range, lenses, and even the camera’s physical size but the camera sensor is the key. The camera image sensor is a solid-state device. This is the  part of…

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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal
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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal When Shonda Rhimes pitched Grey’s Anatomy she was so nervous she had to start over, twice. Since then Shonda has created and produced television’s biggest hits. In this class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, be…

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IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond
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What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond Is Virtual Reality the next big step in visual storytelling? Steven Spielberg said: “I think we’re moving into a dangerous medium with virtual reality. The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the…

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